Leg massage stimulates circulation of blood and lymph and even can prevent varicose veins. To relieve congestion in your legs, a masseuse will stroke upward from the ankle toward the lymph nodes located at the back of the knee and groin. He or she will massage the leg's larger muscles around the thighs to stimulate the lymphatic system. More gentle pressure will be applied around bony areas such as the shins and knees. If your legs are puffy or swollen, don't worry. A professional masseuse will be sure to use just the right amount of gentle pressure to relieve your discomfort.